Some Thoughts From Last Week

Another week already, and I have a list of subjects to discuss from last week.

How about the kitchen gadget that tells you if you’re poor? It’s not another app, and it’s nothing to do with online banking.

According to one of the Mums on Mumsnet, it’s a tin opener.  If you own one it means you are too poor to afford tins with ring-pull tops.  If you really are rich, why are you buying cans at all? If I was rich I’d have domestic staff, so here’s one for Mumsnet – if you’re doing your own cooking you aren’t rich.

It also seems, from reading around the subject, that some users of Food Banks need ring pull cans as they don’t have can openers, either through poverty or lack of kitchen drawers (as in sleeping rough).

However, for me that’s only the first in a chain of questions. Is it just me or are tin openers getting more flimsy? I’ve taken several back but it gets to a point where I just can’t be bothered. I suppose that’s the idea – they are so cheap that most people would rather be ripped off than go to the trouble of taking something back.


Pizzas with sweetcorn and pineapple from tins

I have a good one at home. We’ve had it so long that I can’t remember where it came from. But ones I bought for the farm kitchen lasted months at best and one only lasted for one can. It wasn’t as if we used them much, maybe once a fortnight to open sweetcorn and pineapple for pizza toppings.

Finally – mixed news. Our court case about the attempted burglary has taken place and the malefactor has been convicted and handed a custodial sentence. This is good, because we feel like he’s been punished. However, it doesn’t get us back the £70 we had to spend on repairing the window.


CSI van investigating the scene of the crime.

The other problem is that I’m not sure that jail is the best place for him. Someone who is so far down the pile that he resorts to robbing allotments really needs hope and retraining, not time in jail.



22 thoughts on “Some Thoughts From Last Week

  1. tootlepedal

    We have the Rolls Royce of tin openers and I am always pleased when some thrifty shopping gives me a chance to use it.

    I am certain that prison is not the place for your malefactor. I don’t know how old he is but if he is young a good youth club would be a better bet.

    1. quercuscommunity

      I was thinking of a chain gang but I suppose a youth club would be more politically acceptable.

      Thrifty shopping should be taught in schools, preferably by beating out ant tendency to shop at Waitrose.

  2. jodierichelle

    You need to get yourself an automatic tin opener. They are all the rage in these parts. They take up space on your counter top. They plug in, so they use up our Earth’s precious resources. And they work no better than the hand held kind.

    But they make people think you’re rich.

  3. myfoodhunt

    Hi Simon, this is kind of funny in a different way. I do have a tin opener, an ikea one which is quite complicated and hard to use, but I digress.

    I am not rich in money, but really only but tomato’s (which is wrong), baked beans (like once a year) and maybe some tuna in a tin can (when I can get past the blockade of protesters)

    What made me laugh, is that I have the same problem when I travel with wine. I have no corkscrew with me, hand luggage restrictions prevent the carrying of the one that looks like a drowning man, so you have to rely on screw top wine. Which is fine everywhere sells that, or does it? as soon as you go abroad they suddenly have ‘cork’ only and expect you to pay as much or more for the bleeding half assed cork screw as the wine itself!

    Now, problem? yes, cos now I just by a bottle of GIN from duty free on the way 🙂 and then OMG lets not tall about trying to find tonic water! 😉

    ps it is worse as the same brand that are screw top suddenly have corks in them when you are near a hotel ….grrrrrrr


    1. quercuscommunity

      Interesting insight into the problems of a globe-trotting executive and his liver.

      Have you thought of using a pencil to push the cork into the bottle and carrying one of those nifty bottle closers with you?

      Assuming you need to close it before finishing it. 🙂

  4. Laurie Graves

    Yup. It’s a tough one about the fellow who broke your window. We have a tin opener, and hand one, and I wouldn’t be without it. I wield it proudly. It works even if the power is off, and I have made so many tasty, nutritious meals using the tin opener that I have lost count.

    1. quercuscommunity

      I’m seriously thinking of going back to the old-fashioned ones you stab through the lid.

      I have one of these in a box somewhere.

    1. quercuscommunity

      Thank you. Yes, it was annoying. It just sems to be part of life.

      Even on the previous place, in the middle of a village we had plants and a bay tree and various produce go missing.


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